Very often, a street's name will reflect something about its history. For instance, many of the city's older streets bear the names of early pioneers, or the names given to them by early developers (who apparently could name them whatever they wanted). A number of streets have also been named after "more contemporary" Austin pioneers. Here is a sampling of some prominent Austin streets and their various name origins:
Anderson Mill Road
Named after a mill and its owner, Thomas Anderson, who lived in the vicinity in the 1850s.
Barton Springs Road
Named for William Barton, first "owner" of Barton Springs.
Ben White Boulevard
Named to commemorate Ben White ("Uncle Ben") who served sixteen years on the Austin City Council (1951-1967).
E.M. Franklin Avenue
Renamed in 1995 in honor of the popular pastor in East Austin (previously Redwood Avenue).
Ed Bluestein Boulevard
Bluestein spent the bulk of his career overseeing the building of Austin roads and highways for the Texas Highway Department.
Named by Governor Elisha Pease after the town in Connecticut where he was born.
Was the main thoroughfare leading to Camp Mabry where fairs and "expositions" were often held.
Named after the city's key founder, Mirabeau B. Lamar.
Jollyville Road Named after John Grey Jolly, a robust Civil War veteran who farmed, ran a store, and raised a family in the area in the latter part of the 19th century.
Named after the North Austin developer, Adolph Koenig.
Named by Governor Pease after his father (although an extra "r" was added).
Named after the Tennessee native James Manor, who followed Sam Houston to Austin and settled in the region east of the city.
A family member of John Milton Swisher, founder of the "Swisher Addition" in South Austin in 1877 (streets that were also named for members of the Swisher family include Milton, Elizabeth, Newton, Nickerson, Nellie, James, Stacy, and Annie).
Named after C.A. Newning, developer of Fairview Park.
Niles was the maiden name of Governor Pease's wife Lucadia.
Named by Mrs. John La Prelle in honor of a relative.
Named for Edgar Howard "Commodore" Perry (1876-1964). Perry came to Austin in 1904 and was a long time developer in Austin and built the Commodore Perry Hotel (now an office building at 802 Brazos), developed Highland Park West subdivision in northwest Austin, and was a partner in the Stephen F. Austin hotel downtown.
Renamed in honor of General of the Armies John J. Pershing (originally Palo Pinto Drive).
Robert T. Martinez St.
Robert Martinez was an Austin Police Officer killed in the line of duty on February 25, 1989. The street, formerly Canadian Street, was renamed on May 25, 1989.
Named from nearby Slaughter Creek, which was named for Stephen F. Slaughter, who received the original grant of land in the area on March 12, 1835, and was one of the first settlers in the current Travis County area (originally part of Bastrop County).
Named by developer Monroe Shipe for the broad, graded gravel road out to the racetrack in Hyde Park.
Named in honor of Edwin Waller, surveyor of the city of Austin and its first mayor.
Derived from the fact that it ran along the "west line" of the subdivision.
The road ran "west over" a hill.
Named after Windsor, Connecticut by Governor Pease.
William Cannon Drive
Named after the 1836 "Battle of San Jacinto" hero who owned property in that area.